- The Nigerian Army said the report that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has been replaced is fake
- Army spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa, explained that Maj.-Gen. L.O Adeosun who the purported report claimed replaced Buratai was just promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General
- Musa added that Buratai is still the COAS while Adeosun remains Chief of Training and Operations, Army Headquarters
The Nigerian Army has described as fake news reports of the appointment of a new Chief of Army Staff (COAS), to replace Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.
Daily Trust reports that some sections of the media reported that Buratai had been replaced by Maj.-Gen. L.O Adeosun. The purported reports came shortly after the announcement of Adeosun's promotion to the rank of Lieutenant General, the same rank as Buratai.
However, a statement from Army spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa dismissed the reports as fake news, adding that Adeosun remains Chief of Training and Operations, Army Headquarters.
He said: "Contrary to fake news going around insinuating or suggesting the appointment of Lieutenant General L.O. Adeosun as Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army, members of the public are hereby once again informed that Lieutenant General L.O. Adeosun has just been given special/accelerated promotion from Major General to Lieutenant General and formally communicated to him by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen T.Y. Buratai.
“Lt Gen L.O. Adeosun is only granted special promotion by the President, Commander-in-Chief, of the Armed Forced of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for his extraordinary feats, exemplary leadership, loyalty and uncommon commitment in the counter-insurgency operation in the northeastern part of Nigeria.
“He still retains his appointment/position as Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Army. Any contrary information is baseless, fake news and should be disregarded,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Army called for the support of Nigerians in its efforts to ensure peace, security and protection of lives and property.
Buratai made the call in Maiduguri on Friday, June 28, at a news conference to herald the 2019 combined Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) Combat Support Arms Training Week.
Both events took place in Lagos between July 1 and July 6. Buratai noted that the army had been making progress toward the development of the nation.
He, therefore, urged the people and media in particular should desist from negative report capable of breaching the peace.
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